One of Jimbo Fisher's biggest challenges two years ago when he took over as Florida State's head coach was trying to recreate the culture of success that once existed in the capital city. While he knows such a process takes time to evolve, his first step in getting the Seminoles back to national relevance has been to attract the country's top talent a second straight year. It appears he and his staff is doing just that. With national signing day less than a month away, here's where FSU stands on the 2012 recruiting trail:
What they need
As this past season showed the Seminoles, a team can never have too many offensive linemen. Injuries depleted the unit all fall, forcing four true freshmen to protect quarterback EJ Manuel during the Champs Sports Bowl last month. Although those freshmen should each start this fall, continuing to build that depth is a key need for the Seminoles. Across the rest of the offense, the addition of athletic running backs, tight ends and receivers will replace players who will graduate or be drafted in the next two years. Defensively, the Seminoles' recent recruiting efforts have led to the creation of a deep and talented unit.
Who they've already got
In Fisher's mind, defensive talent rules recruiting. His philosophy: the better defense a team can play, the better chance it has to win. So far, FSU has five defensive linemen committed in Chris Casher (Mobile, Ala.), Mario Edwards, Jr. (Denton, Texas), Dante Fowler, Jr. (St. Petersburg), Justin Shanks (Prattsville, Ala.) and Dalvon Stuckey (De Funiak Springs). The Seminoles' three biggest offensive commits are Orlando native Marvin Bracy (Boone), quarterback Jameis Winston (Hueytown, Ala.) and running back Mario Pender (Cape Coral). Junior college transfer Daniel Glauser is their only offensive line commit. Eight of FSU's 15 commits played in the two prominent All-America all-star games.
5 guys still considering Florida State
•Nelson Agholor, ATH, Tampa Berkeley Prep (6-2, 180) – He played receiver, defensive back, running back and quarterback at Berkeley. Takes official visit to Tallahassee on Friday. Likes FSU, UF, Notre Dame, USC and Oklahoma.
•Courtney Gardner, WR, Reno (Nev.) Hug High via Rosehill (Calif.) Sierra CC – Already committed to Arkansas but will visit Tallahassee this weekend.
• Commits committed? There are still question marks with three high-profile Seminole pledges for whom the FSU staff will breathe a sigh of relief when they see the names roll off the office fax machines. DE Dante Fowler (St. Petersburg Lakewood), QB Jameis Winston (Hueytown, Ala.) and DE Mario Edwards Jr. (Denton (Texas) Ryan have all been said to be possbily waffling on their FSU decisions. Edwards visits this weekend.
Current commitment list